Final Malaga report

This post comes from the train on my way to Barcelona but I might continue it from the bus since we just got noticed that other train got derailed and we will have to move to buses. I guess now I have time to talk a bit about what the OpenOffice.org and the conference in Malaga was all about day one, two and three. I hope this could become a full report since there were some significant topics going around the conference.Frist let me start by saying that this has been one of themost inpsiring events I have ever been. Only comparable to my first Linux event on LinuxWorld 2001 in New York City or ExpoLinux in Monterrey.Besides that I have to tell you that this event was much bigger and with much better talks than those before. Now we are launching into how many governments are usin FLOSS and seen the results not just in software but also in society.So day one was very important, it had more of an angle of overal governance of the floss use across the EU. My first talk focus on OSOR.eu which intends to hold best practices in FLOSS for government acquisition. Many things were discussed but also the networking of procurement practices were not too defined but enough to the extend of having parties involved between the project an the government entity.After that session a great keynote by Tim O’Reily where he mentioned the importance of the free culture transending open source while at the same time questioning it and comparing it versus the Web 2.0 world and the open contribution. Also he went on to encourage developers to develop beyond FLOSS into other topics like ecology, further resources, etc.O’Reily’s talk pretty much served as a point to quote many of the discussions through the conference. Other talk through the day were interesting, also focused on sustainability on governments and free software projects. However I also noticed that they were all too focused on creating new software rather than improving the software. While is true that general users can’t get in the source code and modify it, a governement or company with a good budget could.I met with the people of CENATICs and the development of the Mobile ODF reader. Something very interesting yet something that got me a little upset since they reach the OOo community to later develop it on their own ‘reinventing’ the efforts of the community. Althought is free is a bit illogical to have a close process of development where so much is done on the open. However I am very happy that ODF for mobile is now a reality and hopefully we can integrate now and start developing towards an ODF editor on mobile. BTW somehting I notice is that I really need to get a SIP number so that people can reach me.As I reviewed the program I think there were other meetings that I would have loved to attend and I wonder if I would be able to see the video of them. Specially the ones on Services for opensource businesses.The end of day one was very important since there was a debate on open source sustainability and the debate really went through different phases. Simon Phipps really emphasize on the freedom aspect of the model. Things really need to be done to further freedom which seemed very good coming from an open source guy rather than free software.At night I miss the buss and got on with the rest of the crew to attend the ‘exclusive dinner’ with the partners which eventually got me in touch with Nahim, a mexican guy in charge of AMESOL. We had a couple of talks on how to improve FLOSS in mexico an some funds that he can get for FLOSS however there is this feeling of investing my time in these things just to get money. However what I really want is to start talking on what to do in order to get FLOSS developed. I talk with one of the Apache guys on the way to correctly contribute to FLOSS Good development practices and architectual changes in order to be more distributed and easy to contribute. Also some ideas on the things that need to be done to make cleaner and better code. He was very impressed after watching the video on ODF@WWW developed by Kay Ramme.Other talks on ODF with Jomar which also got different aspects such as how can ODF be compromised by Microsoft now that he wants ISO to control the standard as opposed to OASIS. MS got a mayority in ISO and could potentially break the standard as well as intentionally. Badly supporting ODF on MS Office can also severly scrutinize the standard adoption and development. One thing is that they want to take the standard from 1.0 as opposed to the current 1.2.At the end of the meeting was a big rocky way back to the hotel since we decided to walk back home which was pain in the ass and my feet got very sore. However after a good bath I was relax enough to just pass out on the bed.Next morning was a good ride to the conference, by now I have met many people and recognized others. I had also start thinking about all the experiences, discussions, issues about floss nowadays. It was also the day of my talk so I was also thinking about that. We were supposed to meet with Louis and Claudio in order to get ourselves inline to a process for the meeting… we never did. However the meeting itself turned out to be a good thing and in the end everyone was happy. There are some things I noticed however, one is that Br-OO and Open for Business could colide now that we are both in Spain. Claudio and I have to put our heads together and come up with a solution. Louis seemed pretty happy about my talk and was surpringly no later comments on it however there needs to be further talks now that O3 is released and how will it affect the rest of the internal projects.That day was mostly rainy but the conference was pretty live an vibrant, I spend also a further talk with Joman about ODF as we watch the sky pouring. The real development of ODF and the different ODF communities around. From Fellowship, to friends of ODF and OpenDocument Foundation which unfortunately die after Gary couldn’t capitalized on that. He did mention what happened on the ODF Workshop and also a great project called pod developed on Python. The need for an C library that process ODF and also a better and more robust toolkit on how to integrate ODF with your project. Currently OOoES is very commited to ODF and I think is a good opportunity to get developers from different areas. Currently we need something like this:

  • 4 Java developers
  • 5-10 PHP developers
  • 3 VBA developers
  • 1 ActiveX developer

Is there any budget on research and development in any of these countries we could get some of the project started. We can also develop with our OpenOffice.org A.C. centers in these countries having partially funded by either governments or industry associates.I need to define how governments hire companies or individuals from abroad. I know most of them had a budget for research and development, also that they have organisms that can concentrate FLOSS companies. Finally I know that there are fundamental needs comming from the project itself and that there are developers willing to contribute to further the use of FLOSS. Key is how to make them work together.

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